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daughter of republican presidential nominee john mccain, will be joining us live here in studio this hour. we arl very, very much looking forward to that on the interview tonight. it is all ahead. >>> but we begin with what is known in american politics as a soft target. >> think about what happens if we don't pass this bill. thinking about what happens to your friends, your neighbors, your i ask all of you. what is in the best interest of our country? not what is in the best interest of our party, not what is in the best interest of our own re-election. what is in the best interest of our country? vote yes. >> that was the top republican in the house john boehner getting emotional, getting choked up while speaking on the house floor. keep that in mind as you watch this. the newly unveiled first campaign ad of the season from the national republican congressional committee is an ad that targets a democratic congressman named joe donnelly from indiana. it appears to be their template ad so you should watch what they're attacking the democrat here for. >> joe donnelly claims he is independe
organizations that have distorted islam, or falsely used the banner of islam to engage in their destructive acts. and we've got to be clear about that. we've got to be clear about that, because if we're going to successfully reduce the terrorist threat, then we need all the allies we can get. the folks who are most interested in a war between the united states or the west and islam are al qaeda. that's what they have been banking on. we want to be clear about who the enemy is here. it's a handful of a tiny, minority of people who are engaging in horrific acts. and have killed muslims more than anybody else. the other reason it's important for us to remember that is because we have got millions of muslim-americans, our fellow citizens in this country. they're going to school with our kids. they're our neighbors. they're our friends. they're our co-workers. and, you know, when we start acting as if their religion is somehow offensive, what are we saying to them? i've got muslims who are fighting in afghanistan. in the uniform of the united states armed services. they're out there, putting their li
. her previous campaign manager has come out and said she just used the campaign money to pay her own rent which is not legal use of campaign money. i think she will try to just brush that story aside as the typical cross fire that any politician gets into, and try to find her way to the middle on some of these policy questions. >> but in 49 days, how much nondamage can she do to herself when as rachel maddow showed these tapes from mtv, there are tapes in which a candidate for senate for the use, which is what she is now, is discussing openly how people shouldn't masturbate? that would seem to be a difficult sell even in delaware. >> she's going to say it's 14 years ago and she is going to try to not get into repeating those specifics that she got into on that tape. and try to say something that sounds, indicate religiously high minded. that is kind of general. and saying no one should press me on these issues. she may take what she took into a punish you've and now try to play it as a personal issue that should not be questioned. >>> >> 30 seconds, it's a speight impression. does sh
for that. have a good weekend. >>> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. today was a day in politics for conservatives to let their freak flag fly. the values voters summit, the first post primary win d.c. appearance for would be sarah palin 2.0 christine o'donnell, plus a window opening wide on to the gay people can be cured activism of ms. o'donnell. all that coming up this hour. plus a piece of tape that convulsed "the rachel maddow show" newsroom today for an entire hour and left us all unable to work, talk or in some cases breathe like humans are supposed to breathe. that's all coming up over the course of this friday night show. but we begin with what will be the deciding factor in this year's elections. the one issue that is most likely to determine which party controls congress next year. for all there is to love and hate and obsess about in politics, the determinative truth looming over any predictions about elections is that in the end, the economy basically determines what happens on election day. bad economy, party in charge loses. add that to the ot
. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we begin tonight with what they said could never be done. they said that wedge issues only wedge one way. if you are a democratic politician, if you've got a culture warrior opponent, you essentially just have to take it. they can win points with their base for being super antiabortion, super antigay and all the rest but there is no way that you as a liberal, you as a democrat can raise those issues from the other side. sorry. you just can't do it. don't bother. you can campaign against reproductive rights. republicans have made an art form of that in recent years but you can't campaign for reproductive rights. that just can't be done. this is how the culture war has settled out over the past decade or so. campaign all you want against all sorts of civil libertarian issues. you can campaign against gay people. you can campaign against religious freedom for anyone who is not your particular brand of christian. you can campaign against reproductive rights. but you can't campaign for these things. that's the common wisdom. they s
. they do not. you can say they are. >> that is the case, senator. >> major mike almy joins us live. >>> and the senator standing for reelection by write-in scores a sad own goal against her own campaign. the "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >>> today in the united states senate, language in the defense authorization bill that would let the military "don't ask, don't tell" fell to defeat. senate republicans, in fact, took the historic step of filibustering the entire defense authorization bill in order to maintain the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. they would not even allow debate on the defense bill because it included that language to let the military repeal its own policy on keeping gay people out of the military. and so we don't have a bill to fund the military this year. at least so far. and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy lives. what happens next? well, here is a clue. when i interviewed vice president joe biden less than a week ago, i asked him why if the administration was so opposed to "don't ask, don't tell," why were they still implementing it? why were they
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. for the next hour in which we shall celebrate the launch of lawrence o'donnell's new show which is tonight right after this hour. we shall celebrate the arrival of our new desk which inexplicably has something to do with the start of lawrence's new show with you i'm not sure what. i'm very excite body my new desk. we shall also celebrate the return of barack hussein obama. he is back in talking points just in case any republicans previous efforts to convince you he is secretly foreign did not work on you, they're going to give it one more shot. that's all to come over the course of the hour. >>> but we begin tonight by putting a giant asterisk on the well worn political truism that all politics is local. the big decision democrats had to make about this year's elections was whether or not they would try to run this year's elections as a national campaign, whether they were going to try to run as democrats versus republicans or whether they were going to try to block out everything happening at the national level and, instead, hop
. thanks very much for that. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. there is so much going on in politics right now that the staff of this show produced roughly 2 1/2 complete shows over the course of the day today in an effort to try to cover it all. what has actually made the cut for this hour is, one, an update on don't ask, don't tell. the next step toward ending the military's gay ban could happen as soon as tomorrow. we will explain. number two, the republican party is releasing its election year agenda tomorrow. that agenda leaked tonight. so we have seen it. the headline is that it totally avoids the blockbuster change-the-country policy idea that all of its high-profile candidates are actually running on this year. and number three, new reporting on "c" street. if you have been wondering what that quasi-religious super-shadowy having affairs on their wives while thumping their bibles bunch has been up to recently, there is an answer to that question. we've got it with jeff sharlet. that is all ahead this hour. >>> but we begin tonight with something sort
for that. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. plenty of chaos to sort out from this day of news and not just the hardcore book burning wing nuttery chaos out of florida. there's also the republican senate primary now newly starring sarah palin and a tea party candidate who says that abstinence is not enough. we all must always abstain from ourselves. as well if you know what i mean and one of the most political fake campaigns and the rachel maddow staff vote for the most unhinged campaign speech and it had a lot of competition. that's coming up this hour. we begin with the extremist christian pastor in florida who was planning to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the koran. he has now changed his plans twice. pastor claimed in a press conference this afternoon he was canceling his koran burning because the imam behind the planned islam cultural center in downtown manhattan agreed to move the building away from the world trade center site. he said he's ditching it because the ground zero mosque is moving but the imam and developer behind th
this coming, but nobody in america did. thank you, keith. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. i'm not saying that everyone will remember where he or she was when christine o'donnell won the nomination for senate from delaware, but i will remember where i was. i was here on msnbc 24 hours ago. and in the wake of that ever lasting gobsmacker, i traveled from our home studios in new york here to washington, d.c. for a rare opportunity to sit down with a man who for a very long time, a long, long time held the senate seat that christine o'donnell now wants. tonight my sit-down with vice president joe biden. the vice president had plenty to say about the delaware senate race. a pretty bold assessment of the possible repeal of don't ask, don't tell. and some very direct talk for the democratic base. >> one reason i want to be on your show is to tell the progressives out there, you know, get in gear, man. >> having just given away why the vice president would agree to spend a good part of his day with me today. we will get to the rest of what he had to say about ch
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